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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 970

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Jaffna security in jeopardy: MEP
By Kesara Abeywardena The Island: MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena criticising the government’s peace process yesterday said peace is the wish of all in the new year but it should not be "peace made at the point of a gun to appease the LTTE." Speaking at a press conference he said the government had p...
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Tigers pursue plans to expand VOT to mark death anniversary
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Amidst a simmering dispute over Norway helping the LTTE to acquire radio equipment to boost its clandestine Voice of Tigers (VOT) broadcasts, the LTTE is going ahead with its plans to expand broadcasts to areas outside the north-east, security and political sourc...
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LTTE must disarm for resettlement: Balagalle
by Cyril Wimalasurendra The Island: Army Commander Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle yesterday stressed that civilians could not be allowed to resettle in High Security Zones (HSZs) unless the LTTE lays down heavy weapons to prove that they were no longer a threat. "The LTTE assured that the soldier would...
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Indian expedition to Antarctica launched
Panaji,(PTI), Jan 02: The 22nd Indian expedition to the icy continent of Antarctica, formally launched today, would concentrate on research on a number of scientific themes. It would carry out experiments in atmospheric, earth sciences, glaciological and global change, microwave remote sensing,...
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Jeweler says photos show FBI seeking wrong terrorist
(AP) Jan. 03: A Pakistani jeweler said Wednesday his picture is among those of five suspects who the FBI says may have entered the United States on falsified passports -- even though has never been to the United States. An Associated Press photograph of Mohammed Asghar taken at his shop in Lahore o...
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LTTE bought freedom to 36 rouge Indian fishermen
Jaffna, Jan. 03: Rouge Indian fishermen poaching in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka, especially in the Gulf of Mannar Sea has gradually emerged as one of the contentious issues that might affect bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka’s big neighbor India in the future. This is the first time the...
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Cabinet approves plan to repay US$4.8 billion debt to IMF
Bangkok, Jan 3 (TNA): The cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to repay the pending debt of US$4.8 billion Thailand has owed to the Internaional Monetary Fund (IMF) by mid 2003, according to a T.V. news report. Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told reporters that the plan was approved at the fir...
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Naga leaders to meet Vajpayee, Advani on Jan nine
New Delhi, (PTI) , Jan. 03: Leaders of the major Naga insurgent group NSCN(I-M) will meet Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani here on January nine for crucial peace talks to resolve the Naga issue. "They will be arriving here on January eighth and meeting th...
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Nepal massacre a grand design: G P Koirala
Kathmandu, Jan 2: Former prime minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala has threatened to expose what he said was a 'grand design' behind the 2001 massacre which left 10 members of the royal family dead, a report said Thursday. "I deliberately choose to keep shut but I will expose everything at an...
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Thai officers join in monitoring team in Aceh
Banda Aceh, Jan. 3 (TNA): A group of Thai officers taking part in a foreign monitoring team in Aceh is now prepared for the assigned mission, according to a news report of Antara News Agency. At least six Thai members of the Henry Dunant Center (HDC) monitoring team arrived in Banda Aceh, the capi...
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Ensure the human rights of those in the North and East: President Kumaratunga
Colombo, Jan. 01: ”The guns of war have certainly fallen silent and that is a victory for all of us. The cessation of hostilities has brought relief to all sections of the society. We do know however that the absence of war is not peace. We have yet to trek a long distance to achieve a stable peac...
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Sri Lanka to review military alongside peace
By Chamath Ariyadasa Colombo,(Reuters) Jan. 1: Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it planned to restructure its military if a peace process with Tamil Tiger guerrillas that has led to an end to nearly two decades of ethnic war takes hold. Defence Minister Tilak Marapane said in a statement that a committ...
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National museum opens refurbished area of Thai history exhibition
Bangkok, Jan 1 (TNA): The Fine Arts Department opened the Gallery of Thai History this month after the 2-year restoration. The permanent exhibition entitled “Thai History” was established in 1982 at Sivamokhapiman Hall to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Bangkok foundation. The first exhibition...
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Daily News: Ankara, Washington and the Kurds establish joint committee
Jan. 01:The leader of the Kurdistani National Federation has unveiled that Turkish officials agreed to found a joint committee with the Iraqi Kurds and the USA to coordinate policies in case a Gulf war erupts in the region. Al-Talibani added in an exclusive interview with the Turkish daily Daily N...
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Cloning Myths Distort Reality
New York (Reuters), Dec. 31: The claim that a human being has been cloned for the first time has fueled concern that science fiction is about to become reality. But scientists dismissed popular myths about cloning this week, saying that images of an exact human replica or an army of identical march...
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Govt urged to closely monitor possible Mid-East war and deflation
Bangkok, Jan 2 (TNA): The government must closely monitor a possible war in Middle East and deflation this year to prepare itself for the unfavorable situation, which could unavoidably affect the economy, according to Thai Farmers Research Center. In a report on “2003 Global Economy: War & Defl...
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Britain concerned about harassment reported in Myanmar
London,(AP) Jan. 01: - Britain voiced "deep concern" Wednesday over reports that Myanmar's military rulers are harassing supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Foreign Office minister Mike O'Brien called on the ruling junta — the State Peace and Development Council — to enter into seriou...
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51 per cent wanted Aung San Suu Kyi named honorary Britons
London, Jan. 01 In a vote on who they wanted to see named honorary Britons, 51 percent went for Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released from 19 months of house arrest in May. The BBC radio current affairs programme Today, which carried out the poll. Meanwhile,...
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Rebel Leader Captured in Northeast India
Gauhati, India, Jan. 01: - Police arrested a separatist leader in northeastern India on Wednesday, and said his capture would deal a blow to the group he helps control. Dhiren Boro is allegedly vice president of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Boroland, a group fighting for independence...
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Manipur outfits told to stop extortion
Imphal, Jan. 1: The Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF) has called on all concerned organisations to discontinue demanding donations and taking "extortions" from public in the name of armed movement from January 15 this year. The MPLF is an umbrella organisation of Manipur's three major insurg...
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